EQO to support Yahoo IM, GTalk, Skype, AOL, ICQ


EQO has announced release of new version of EQO Mobile, which will now support instant messaging to Skype, Yahoo IM, Google Talk, AOL IM, ICQ, Jabber, and MSN Messenger. EQO has also extended it’s suport to over 300 mobile handsets with support for quite a few handsets from Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony-Ericsson among others. EQO is located in Vancouver, Canada, and funded by GrowthWorks Capital, and BDC Venture Capital. EQO IM service is similar to what iSkoot and SoonR offer.

EQO started off by providing Skype on mobile, where people can call their Skype contacts through their mobile phones. EQO has been trying to gain traction with Social Networking giants lately. They had introduced EQO Me “widget” in August that can be added by users to their profiles in MySpace, Friendster, Tagworld, Hi5, Xanga and Multiply.

EQO Users can now synchronize contacts from multiple IM buddy lists and multiple IM accounts, check presence, create personalized profile, express their mood and location by uploading pictures and text directly from their phone, exchange web-to-phone, phone-to-web and phone-to-phone text and picture. Off course EQO still provides the ability to make and receive mobile VoIP calls using Skype

EQO feature set is great on paper but I don’t see EQO’s business model. Just like any other IM startup, they are not charging their customers for the service. It will be interesting to watch how many of them can survive for how long.

I wanted to try out their service but they dont support my phone. Their site does seem a bit buggy with no support for persistent logon. I will be on lookout for their reviews and will post updates soon.


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3 Responses to “EQO to support Yahoo IM, GTalk, Skype, AOL, ICQ”

  1. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » Skype on Nokia early next year Says:

    […] We have already seen startups like Fring, SoonR, EQO offering Skype calling from mobile. However each of them have seen limited uptake ’cause of one or more reasons. Fring requires a data plan to enable calls over the data network that are really pricey in US, while SoonR and EQO want you to be near your PC when you are making your calls. Skype plans to counter these issues by offering a Skype mobile client that is powered by WiFi connection. In terms of feature set, Skype is looking to go a step further by integrating the Skype and phone contacts(I wish Google did this for Gtalk on BB). […]

  2. StartupSquad » Blog Archive » EQO funded. What for? Says:

    […] I had thought EQO had called it quits. Evidently that is not the case. Today the startup that provides chat and Skype-out based calling on mobile phones announced that it has raised another $9 million in funding. EQO had earlier raised $3.5 million in funding last year. To me the investment is like throwing good money after bad money since EQO has really struggled to innovate in the face of competition from big to small companies in the mobile space. It has been more than 1 year since EQO launched and even now EQO’s core product is Skype based calling via your mobile phone. Only problem with that service is it needs to communicate with your PC to make those calls. Not sure many users would fall for that kind of service when Fring, Barablu, Nimbuzz, Truphone get you talking without any middleware or callback technology or paying for anything. In fact they even work on WiFi, so you don’t require a data connection as in EQO. If you ain’t there for Skype calling than you might just satisfy yourself with EQO’s federated IM for your mobile. Since Fring and Barablu even doing that piece, not sure what anyone would install 2 clients to get the same service. […]

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